Mamelodi Sundowns maintain unbeaten start with win over TS Galaxy

Peter Shalulile (Gallo Images)
Peter Shalulile (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns continued their unbeaten start to the Premiership season with a 2-0 victory over TS Galaxy at the Loftus Versfeld stadium on Tuesday.

Peter Shalulile scored in the first-half while the impressive Themba Zwane bagged his seventh goal of the campaign late on as table-topping Masandawana sealed their fifth win in seven outings.

The match was Sundowns' first since the death of Motjeka Madisha, who passed away in a car accident on Sunday.

It was the visitors who started the game brightly with Mbulelo Wambi having a shot deflected onto the cross-bar of Denis Onyango's goal after a fine counter-attack that started in their own penalty area.

David Matlala then had another effort on goal for Galaxy but the winger was again denied by Onyango.

Sundowns slowly started getting into the contest, with the defending champions showing their class as they took the lead just after the half-hour mark with their first attempt on goal.

A neat passing move down the right saw Zwane sending a brilliant back-flick that beat the Galaxy defence and through to Shalulile who made no mistake with the finish, beating Galaxy goalkeeper Wensten van der Linde between his legs.

Shalulile nearly doubled his team's lead a minute later but the forward's long-rage effort was saved Van der Linde.

The visitors came out fired up after the halftime break looking for the equaliser with Wambi again being denied by Onyango.

Shalulile should have had his brace in the 65th minute when he found himself free in the penalty area but the Namibian striker headed a Lyle Lakay corner wide of goal from six yards out.

Sundowns though always seemed in control of proceedings and ten minutes later put the game to bed with Zwane bagging his team's second goal.

The now famous pass and move football was on full display from Masandawana as Zwane curled an effort into the top corner after being set up by Lebohang Maboe.

Galaxy were denied a late consolation when Ebrahim Seedat saw a penalty saved by Onyango after Sundowns defender Brian Onyango was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

in the end though the 10-time league winners were worthy of the three points as they continue to set the standards in the Premiership.

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